Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/06/18

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Subject: [Leica] Re: An R series question
From: firkin at (Alastair Firkin)
Date: Fri Jun 18 18:32:30 2004

I don't use a motor on the R8, sometimes the winder, but I find the 180 
f2 balances well without extra "bum" on the camera. My hands are small, 
but they cradle this baby in a nice balanced way where I can still 
control the focus. Lovely combination. Wish I could take it to Nepal ;-)
On Saturday, Jun 19, 2004, at 07:47 Australia/Melbourne, Emanuel Lowi 

> A couple of years ago, when shopping for a new SLR, I
> tried a variety of brands, all with fast 180-200mm
> lenses affixed. On handling and ease of focus, the
> Leica R8 with motor and 180/2 were by far the best.
> While I know Greg has the 180/2 already, so other
> brands are mostly out (except for Canon with an
> adapter), I have a hard time imaging that big 180
> balanced on a motorless SL or SL-2.
> Please correct me if I'm wrong on that, Doug.
> Given that the old SL & SL2 motors are slightly iffy
> propositions at this point in history. I'd suggest
> that Greg give the motorized R8 a second look. Perhaps
> an R6.2 or R7 with motor too, although they won't be
> as pleasant to view and focus through as the R8.
> The SL is a wonderful machine -- in many ways Leica's
> best SLR --  but the lack of a modern motor makes it a
> tough choice for very big and bulky glass, I think.
> Emanuel Lowi
> Montreal
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